View Full Version : Aftab Patla

01-31-2007, 07:05 AM
I have very sad news to pass along. Aftab Patla passed away January 29,
2007at 9:30PM. For those that knew Aftab, the loss is profound and we
certainly lost a mentor, colleague, instructor and friend. Those that did
not have the opportunity to know Aftab here's is a short biography as listed
on hiswebpage:

The major focus of my research is to provide insight into how locomotion is
generated and controlled in humans. Questions that have guided my research
are: What aspect of the locomotor patterns are preplanned and stored within
the central nervous system? What roles do information from various sensory
modalities play in the regulation of these basic patterns for locomotion in
cluttered environment? How is this information transformed from sensory to
motor domain? How do factors, such as dynamic balance, energy cost and
stress on tissues, constrain the emergence of a particular pattern? How does
development and aging influence the expression of locomotor behaviour? What
does it take to be independently mobile in a community? Empirical and
modelling techniques are used to provide insight into these problems.

I. Professor Patla was the Executive
Editor of Journal of Motor Behavior and is currently Associate Editor of
Gait & Posture, a member of the CIHR Biomedical Engineering Research
committee, past president of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, and
current co-president of International Society for Posture and Gait Research.

Aftab had a direct influence on how biomechanics was applied to walking,
specifically how the nervous system would control the movement and how it
would utilize sensory information. This had direct implications on how
patients were treated for mobility disorders. He published in all areas
including biomechanics, neuroscience, geriatrics, robotics vision science
and branched into ecology. We will all definitely feel his absence and miss
him greatly.

A memorial service will be held for him on Saturday, Feb 3/07 at 1 pm at
Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King St. W., Kitchener, Ontario Canada. A
social gathering will be held in the Family Centre of Ratz-Bechtel
immediately following the service. I understand that there will be an
announcement in tomorrow's Kitchener Waterloo Record.

Stephen D. Prentice, Ph. D.

Department of Kinesiology

University of Waterloo

Waterloo ON N2L 3G1

Email: sprentic@uwaterloo.ca

Tel.: (519) 888-4567, ext. 36830

Fax: (519) 746-6776

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